Noise rock outfit Wilful Boys maintain an aura of mystery around them. Hailing from Australia but formed in the streets of New York, they embody an old school zine aesthetic: Pictures of them often lack saturation, feeling stark and cold, and most definitely fuzzy. Those same feelings carry over to their debut 7-inch, Anybody There, out March 31st via Ever/Never Records.
The single’s B-side, “Flat Out”, is a relentless, bass-heavy dirge, alternating between aggravated trudging and face-ripping tantrums. Bassist Mikey Watkins holds down the song with a singular riff, keeping things steady as frontman Steven Fisher belts like a young, pissed off Ian MacKaye. His screams are venomous and commanding as he details the abysmal aspects of his life. It’s the sound of Touch and Go reverberating into the modern age.